We know that your dad wore a tuxedo for his wedding (and so did your Grandpa), but that doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. In fact, a groom wearing a suit to his wedding is not only acceptable; it’s a pretty stellar look. Getting married in a suit maintains the formality of the occasion while removing the stuffiness sometimes associated with a tux.
We’re not here to bash the tuxedo; it’s a traditional look, and when cut well, a tux can stop the show. But think about how much use you’ll actually get out of your brand new tuxedo after your wedding. Okay, so you’ll rent the tuxedo for your wedding; not a terrible idea, but you’re going to spend money on something that 1. Isn’t yours 2. You have to give back after a single day and 3. Has been worn by someone else.
While it’s going to cost more than a tux rental, buying a suit for your wedding is a much better long-term investment. Not only will you look amazing on your wedding day; you’ll look amazing every time you wear that suit to the office, a business function, or a cocktail party. In short, you’ll get your money’s worth. A well-made, well-cut suit won’t wear out quickly, won’t go out of style, and the possibilities for shirt and tie combinations that fit your personality are endless.
And maybe that’s the greatest difference between the wedding tux and the wedding suit: Personality. There’s usually only one way to wear a tux (although you can choose your rental shoes). A suit is a canvas on which you can paint the look that you want to project to the world. What’s the atmosphere of your wedding? What’s the style? What’s the mood? Your suit can encapsulate it all. On that note, we’ve thrown together some wedding suit inspiration to give you a few ideas as to how you can style your suit on your big day.
Already married? Share what you wore to your wedding in the comments after the article and keep the inspiration list going.
Men's Wedding Suit Ideas
Gray Suit, Gray Tie
Despite wearing primarily gray, you’ll look far from boring. Keep the cut slim, and explore patterns in the suit fabric.
A Charcoal Suit And Black Tie
It’s almost impossible not to look handsome in this combination. Keep the tie slim but not skinny.
With A White Shirt And White Or Cream Tie
There’s a reason this is such a popular look: it’s clean and versatile. Shades of white and cream go well with almost any suit choice.
With A Vest, No Jacket
Downplay the formality a bit by losing the jacket altogether. This is especially practical for summer weddings when you don’t want to be a standing in a puddle of sweat at the altar.
All Blue Tones
Blue is the perfect marriage (get it?) of formal and informal, and mixing shades of blue creates a look that is rich yet subtle, distinct, yet understated.
The black jacket, white shirt combination may be classic, but there’s no rule saying you can’t throw a pattern into the mix. Stick with something simple like this windowpane. It will make a statement without being ostentatious.
If a patterned jacket is too much for you, choose a patterned shirt instead. A pop of pattern still stands out but will keep the simplicity of a solid suit aesthetic.
Yes, you can wear sneakers for your wedding. Sneakers with a suit can bring the formality down a peg without making you look completely casual. They soften the overall tone of the wedding and keep things on the lighthearted side. Just make sure you follow these three rules. They must be: 1. Simple 2. Sleek (think Chucks, not Jordans) 3. NEW.
Ditch The Set
Your wedding suit doesn’t have to be a set you bought off the rack. Mix it up with a jacket and pants that coordinate but are different colors.
Blue Suit With Black Tie
We know that the British like to pair blue with brown, and there’s nothing wrong with it. But black and blue is classic, American style.
Get Creative With Color
Traditionally wedding suits (and tuxedos) are gray, blue, or black. This makes sense given that (also traditionally) the bride is the star of the show. Gray, blue and black allow you to look good without standing out more than your spouse; however, if you want to throw some extra flair into your wedding suit, consider changing up the color.
Rock A Hat
A hat is a bold move on your wedding day, but for those casual, after-ceremony pictures, it’s a good look. No baseball caps. Seriously.
Go Floral (but don’t overdo it)
A floral tie? Absolutely. A floral jacket? Much tougher to pull off – but props if you can do it.
If your wedding is in the summer (especially if it’s on the beach), and you want to keep it on the casual side, shorts will keep you comfortable while still looking solid. Keep them shorts slim, get them pressed, and no cargo pockets.
A double breasted suit jacket looks good on any man, period. Have your tailor take it in in the chest, and don’t be afraid to show a little cuff.
Subtle Pop Of Color
There’s nothing wrong with a sartorially conservative wedding, but throw in at least one pop of color for good measure. A bright belt or pocket square goes a long way with a gray or navy suit.
Wear A Different Suit Than Your Groomsmen
Your best man and groomsmen should look good; you should look better (your partner looks best).
Casual wedding? Ditch the tie and go with an open collar.
A pastel suit is a great summer wedding option. Keep the shirt white, and make your tie darker than your shirt and jacket.
Like the double breast, a three piece looks good on anyone. Choose a patterned vest to add in some variety.
Fall wedding = tweed suit. It’s warm; it’s soft; it’s rugged yet refined. Just like you.
Light Gray Suit, With A Light Gray Tie
The light gray suit with a light gray tie will look stellar with brown shoes and belt OR black. Pair it with a white shirt for a clean, polished look.
With A Tie That Matches The Flowers / Wedding Colors
Want to score some extra points on your wedding day? Match the wedding colors with your tie and pocket square.